British astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted stunning images of New Zealand from space on social media.

Peake, 43, tweeted three pictures from his Twitter account with the caption: "New Zealand looking stunning in the sunshine!"

Within minutes, he received hundreds of retweets and favourites from followers.

One Twitter user wrote: "New Zealand is beautiful whatever the weather but stunning in sunshine."

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Another wrote: "Breathtaking pictures! Does that kind of beauty ever gets boring? I can't imagine that."

Peake is currently living and working on the International Space Station for an expedition.
He has a background as a test pilot and a British Army Air Corps officer.

The photos have already been retweeted more than 800 times.